Ehret, G. D. (illus).
London. P. Miller. Copyright 1757.
Copper plate engraving with later hand color, image 12 1/2 x 8 inches on sheet 16 1/2 x 10 inches. Very clean, bright condition in conservation mat with French wash and lines. Image shows three varieties of Mesembryanthemum: 1.M. acaule, foliis subteretibus connatis floribus octagynis; 2. M. foliis dolabriformibus; 3. Caule hispido foliis cylindricis deflexis. From Philip Miller's "Figures of the Most Beautiful, Useful Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary", published between 1755 and 1760. George Ehret, who first worked as a gardener in Heidelberg, became the foremost botanical illustrator of the mid 18th century, working all over Europe (see G. Calmann's book "Ehret Flower Painter Extraordinary".). Item #28487